Centennial, Colo.-based CompassData Inc. (CDI), a worldwide provider of geospatial data and services, has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption for the commercial operation of the Trimble UX5 unmanned aerial system (UAS) within the U.S.
CDI says it will use the UX5 for aerial data collection to be applied to mapping and land surveying projects.
According to the company, UAS technology for these applications is an economical alternative to manned aircraft operations. It also reduces noise and air pollution and increases the safety of life and property in the air and on the ground.
“With three Trimble-certified remote pilots on staff, CDI is one of just a handful of companies with UX5 flight experience,” says Hayden Howard, vice president of CompassData. “There are numerous applications associated with the commercial use of UAS within our profession, and we are anxious to begin offering these services.
“This exemption allows us to expedite the required FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) process and deploy our UX5 into the field in a more timely manner,” he adds.
Photos courtesy of Trimble